Oregon State University


MAY 9 | 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | CH2M HILL ALUMNI CENTER

Learn, Connect, Celebrate!

Entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, investors, and ecosystem builders:

Join us on May 9 at Oregon State University to learn about funding and resources available to propel entrepreneurship and technology commercialization in our region, to connect with people and organizations that can help you reach your innovation impact goals, and to celebrate the growth of our innovation ecosystem over the last five years!

This event is free to attend, but seats are limited. Register using the button below to claim one!





1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | RESOURCES for Startups and Inventors: the Innovation & Impact Commercialization Tool Box
First Breakout Sessions: 1:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
  • Funding Sources: from Innovation to Market -- and Beyond

Learn about the many sources of Oregon grant and investment funds available to take an invention from the lab to a startup and beyond, and meet the people in the ecosystem who can help you move forward in your funding journey.

  • How to Avoid the Legal Pitfalls of Early Stage Companies:  

C corp, S corp, LLC -- how do you choose which one is best for you? How exactly do you figure out founder’s equity? Who do you really need on your startup team? Listen to experienced lawyers and entrepreneurs who have been there talk about some of the legal pitfalls they have seen in early-stage companies and how to avoid them.

  • OSU Startup Creation, Tech Commercialization, and Intellectual Property Protection De-Mystified:

You might want to launch a startup or explore options for getting your technology out there - but what do you do next? You’re a researcher with a compelling invention. Why is intellectual property protection important - do you ALWAYS need it - and what are your options for IP protection? You’re launching a startup and realize you need to license a technology from OSU. How exactly does this negotiation process work and what can you expect? Hear from the OSU Advantage Accelerator and Impact offices as they de-mystify the startup and technology commercialization process and talk about the resources available to help you in this process in this interactive session.

ECOSYSTEM RESOURCE FAIR OPEN - 2:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Visit with key ecosystem resource organizations in Oregon in the foyer.

 Second Breakout Sessions: 2:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • All of the sessions from the First Breakout will be offered again, join in with a new group Repeat of first sessions detailed above

ECOSYSTEM RESOURCE FAIR OPEN - 3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Visit with key ecosystem resource organizations in Oregon in the foyer.

3:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. |  REFLECTION and RECOGNITION of Innovation Ecosystem Growth: Stewarding Oregon Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn why innovation and entrepreneurship growth is critical to growing and sustaining OSU and the state of Oregon, how OSU-born entrepreneurial leaders have made an impact on Oregon’s economy, how OSU is continuing to build on that legacy today and in the future, and how our programs and resources are available to the community to help accelerate economic growth. Celebrate with us as we recognize some regional entrepreneurial ecosystem movers and shakers that make this growth possible!

ECOSYSTEM RESOURCE FAIR OPEN - 5:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Visit with key ecosystem resource organizations in Oregon in the foyer.

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  | RAISING UP Companies to Shape our Future

Hear how companies in the OSU family are making an impact on our economy and our future. Watch budding new startups compete for prize money, and find out about an exciting new opportunity for entrepreneurs. 

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | RECEPTION in the Ballroom